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AIBU to want a cock

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pumpernickel10 Sun 12-Jun-11 12:19:37

The title says it all, we have a small holding and have some chickens and I'd like a cockerel but are they troublesome and very noisy?

wordsonapage Sun 12-Jun-11 12:21:57

Tabu there is a chicken keepers topic

pumpernickel10 Sun 12-Jun-11 12:23:20

I didn't know sorry sad

Hullygully Sun 12-Jun-11 12:23:50

OO OO OOO
THE FUNKY CHICKEN

cybbo Sun 12-Jun-11 12:24:25

If you were my neighbour I would kill you

Punkatheart Sun 12-Jun-11 12:25:06

(giggle from someone who already has chickens - but no cock)

A cockerel will 'control' your girls in the sense of sitting on them and doing the deed. Some can be very randy and the poor girls may be bonked relentlessly. But that said, even with hens there will be one bossy madam who wears the codpiece.

YES they are very noisy and they will not simply cock-a-doodle-do in the morning but, if they hear anything they don't like - a lot of the day.

If you are rural and away from people then it's fine - but be prepared that once bought, they are hard to rehome if your neighbours do not like them.

So a cock is a good thing - but think before you have one.

wordsonapage Sun 12-Jun-11 12:25:31

Awww I'm only kidding with you
Get one
(as long as you're not my neighbour)

pumpernickel10 Sun 12-Jun-11 12:29:22

We are sort of rural but as a friend said they can be bullies
I think I'll sit on it for a while

Punkatheart Sun 12-Jun-11 12:30:19

You really mustn't sit on a cock.

(rolls on floor)

pumpernickel10 Sun 12-Jun-11 12:30:27

hully loving your songs on the threads right now smile

pumpernickel10 Sun 12-Jun-11 12:30:55

You filthy lot ;)

SuePurblybilt Sun 12-Jun-11 12:31:31

Why do you want one? For breeding?

pumpernickel10 Sun 12-Jun-11 12:32:37

I was thinking of breeding sue

Mandy2003 Sun 12-Jun-11 12:35:26

Sometimes on Freecycle you can borrow a cock!

corsilk Sun 12-Jun-11 12:36:39

Ryan Giggs has one going spare

Punkatheart Sun 12-Jun-11 12:36:44

Raising chicks is quite hard too. Also, what would you do with the male chicks? They would grow up to be cockerels too. Some people cull them - which is why I couldn't raise chicks. But you have to have specialist equipment as well......

pumpernickel10 Sun 12-Jun-11 12:37:11

Borrow a cock? Wonder how DH will feel ;)

pumpernickel10 Sun 12-Jun-11 12:38:48

Great point pink and DH said the same and no way I'd want to cull them so it's no cockerel for me.

MrsMellowDrummer Sun 12-Jun-11 12:41:57

We've had a cock.

He was very noisy from about 4am each morning. Luckily our neighbours didn't seem to mind. Also, he became quite aggressive as he got older. I stopped locking him up each evening, as he used to charge and attack whoever let him out the next morning. So he had to take his chances, and eventually the fox got him.

He was a lovely old bird though. RIP Captain Flack.

ExitPursuedByAKitten Sun 12-Jun-11 12:42:00

I am chicken sitting at the moment and every morning and night the bloody cockerel attacks me. Pecks violently at my legs and then my arms when I am feeding them. The girls used to be lovely but now it is difficult to spend time with them as Mr Bloody Nasty is always lurking ready to peck. And the lots of the girls have bald backs.

SuePurblybilt Sun 12-Jun-11 12:42:22

What punk said. If you breed or hatch eggs, you're going to end up with at least 50% cocks. For me it always seemed more like 70% for some reason smile. They cannot be kept together when mature and nobody will want them. You could kill and eat them but if you don't want to do that, IMHO you shouldn't be breeding.

SuePurblybilt Sun 12-Jun-11 12:43:33

Gah, x posted. Buy sexed day old chicks instead then if you want babies. Though you may end up with a sneaky cock there too. Damn the sneaky cocks grin

pigletmania Sun 12-Jun-11 12:53:49

Oh THAT cock, though you meant something else grin

Punkatheart Sun 12-Jun-11 13:00:49

(ah a sneaky cock - always the worst kind, Sue)

ExitPursuedByAKitten Sun 12-Jun-11 13:01:54

We tried to hatch 6 eggs, only two were successul and they were both cocks. They were OK together but we got rid of the alpha cock as he was making the girls' lives a misery. The remaining cock has now taken over and he is getting just as bad. He is very protective of the girls and I know of one who saw off a stoat/weasel but was so badly injured he had to be pts. In hindsight I think you are better off without.

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